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User currently offlineDuke From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 1159 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5047 times:

Does anyone make replicas of vintage fighter props, like the Spitfire, Hurricane, P-51 and so on?

I read about a replica of the P-51 Mustang which wasn't really identical, being made of fiberglass and also smaller. Are there genuine copies of old fighters?

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User currently offlineAgill From Sweden, joined Feb 2004, 1013 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4897 times:


User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 3062 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4645 times:

Flugwerk are developing a replica FW-190, supposed to fly in March. BF-109Es are in the works too, as they just got two aircraft in from russia.. an E and an F model, complete with DB-601s. It'd be nice to see one flying, instead of all those Spanish Buchons with their merlin engines... No word on if they are going to make replica DB601s though. They also fabricate replacement parts for P-51s.

There are 5 replica ME-262s, at least one has already flown, with GE engines.

There are also replica Mosquitos underway, with rumors of up to 12 flying examples being completed.. eventually. I don't know if there are any airworthy originals left, Kermit Weeks may have one.

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User currently offlineATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2394 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4632 times:

I know of a Fokker Dr-1 Triplane Replica thats owned by the Collins Foundation. You can also check out the "Old Rheinback Aerodrome". They got some vintage replica's and vintage original aircraft. The "Air Heritage Museum" in beaver county airport, KBVI, PA also has a vintage (not replica) A-20, C-123, P-39, F-24 (2), OV-1D Mohawk (2), a huey, and an L-21 Super Cub (Italian Army) Anywho you could always email the collins foundation. They are normally very nice to inquiries  Smile


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29895 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4628 times:

What is the status of that 262 project, I heard their funding tanked when the tech sector and the stock market burst in 2000.

A lot of hombuilders make subscale replicas. There are even a few full scale ones, German WWII fighters are popular.

User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 3062 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4598 times:

The ME-262 project i think had 2 flights as of last year the second one had the first retraction of the gear, and I think on extension, one of the mains didn't extend, so it was in for some repairs. There was a video on http://www.aviationnow.com a long time ago. The company doing it is called "stormbirds" or something.

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User currently offlineLMP737 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 4687 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4570 times:

I remember seeing a picture of a replica (flyable) of a Grumman F3F bi-plane. The last all-metal bi-plane the Navy had before the introduction of the Wildcat.

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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14365 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4535 times:

The Russiansare building their Yakovlev Yak-3 WW2 fighter again for sale.
A few years ago some people discovered an abadoned WW2 fighter factory in Siberia. It still contained all the jigs plus plenty of parts, andyou can bet the Russians have their own very nasty version of cosmoline to keep them preserved ( I´ve been cleaning Russian A/C parts during a part of my apprenticeship, extremely sticky stuff). Those guys decided to build the plane again, the only major difference to the war time product is that they use a WW2 vintage V-12 Allison engine, compared to the original Russian engine, because the engine factory is long closed. Apparently there are still enough of these Allison engines around and they have about the same dimensions and power output as the original engine:


I´ve heard the price is about $ 100 K. Acc. to one guy who bought one, many parts are actually war dated.


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29895 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4527 times:

Is it like the stuff that they stick on their rifles?

I forgot about those yaks.

User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14365 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4526 times:

I don´t know about their rifles, but during my apprenticeship at Lufthansa SXF, I was once sent over to Berliner Spezialflug to get experience on light aircraft, piston engines and helicopters for a few weeks. Since both the heavy aircraft maintenance facility and Berliner Spezialflug used to be different branches of Interflug in the old East German days, my chief instructor and their inspector knew each other. My chief instructor would sometimes sent apprentices with good results over there to get more experience (only those he didn´t have to watch all the time, their hangar was at the other end of the airport). Berliner Spezialflug still operates a couple of Mi-8 helicopters ( the heaviest civilian registered ones in Germany, mostly used for flying crane work), but they do general aviation as well and they still had a maintenance approval for several Russian, Polish and Czech aircraft. The reason for us working there was that Lufthansa has very
few piston engined planes and they are all based at their school in Bremen.
I like Russian designs, just like I like Douglas planes, simple, straight forward and build like tanks.


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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4573 times:

There were two Yaks flying around Moontown a couple of years ago. One owned by the owner of the airport and the other by some other guy. I guess they're still there. Pretty cheap planes, actually.

The most popular replica is surely the Mustang. But there are also several others offered as kits or as plans, if you're talking about experimental class replicas (not full-scale, generally). Full-scale ones require big engines and props, of course, and they're two expensive.

My favorite's the Thunder Mustang. The sound pretty good with the V-8 engines, too. Although I've also seen a really nice 3/4 scale Corsair that was gorgeous.

I've not seen any evidence that German WWII designs are all that popular. I'm an EAA member and I get Sport Aviation and Experimenter, but not the warbird magazine or I'd be better informed.

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